Coolum Beach SLSC Blog

Help us keep Coolum Beach Safe

Oct 25, 2018

Since its launch in the late 1980’s the IRB (inshore rescue boat or rubber duck) has become a vital rescue tool. With its ability to quickly get through any size surf and to pick up multiple patients the IRB has become the go to piece of lifesaving equipment. At a cost of close to $20,000 for a boat and motor it is not cheap which is why the club is announcing that the target for this years 200 Club is a new IRB. Read More

Summer of Surf Ocean 6 - Coming to Coolum Beach 9/10th Nov

Oct 24, 2018

Summer of Surf Ocean 6 is coming to Coolum Beach 9/10th Nov and we will be looking for a workforce to help out. We will be releasing a schedule of times in coming days but will require IRB drivers and crew, first aid officers, and a general workforce.
We request 4 hours minimum per shift. This will go towards competitor funding for accommodation subsidy under the Competitor and Team Support Funding Policy.


This is a great event that brings many competitors from all over Australia to our beach and we hope you can be a part of it.
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Keeping it in the family

Oct 19, 2018

Life Member and Patrol Captain was very proud to have three generations on patrol in wet and windy conditions on Sunday morning. Dave, daughter Kate and grandkids Brendon and Avya- Marie were all on duty on Patrol Team 13 keeping the beach safe. Between them they boast over 75 years of volunteer service.

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Back to Coolum Day 2018

Oct 19, 2018

Around fifty current and past members braved the wet conditions for the 2018 Back to Coolum Day. It was great to see members from the 50s, 60s and beyond turn up and share a story or two. On the day Fred Stokes (Club President) provided an update on the second property purchase, Ian Norman (Treasurer and Life Member) spoke about the plans for the Centenary Celebrations in 2019 andDave Cush (Life Member and Club Patron) flagged his idea for a memorial for the many club members who have had their ashes spread behind the Coolum breakers.

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Back to Coolum Day 2018

Aug 30, 2018

Past & present come together - our annual “Back to Coolum" date has been set for Saturday the 13th of October commencing at 2.00pm in the Common Room.
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Ducks fly North to Rainbow

Jun 05, 2018

Our mighty Red Cap Ducks IRB Racing Team competed at Rainbow beach last weekend in Round 4 of the Ocean Roar series and came away with some impressive results with the total team points finding us in 10th place in a field of 17 clubs.
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St Andrews Fair

May 30, 2018

Four of our young lifesavers attended this year’s St Andrews Fair to help promote Surf Safety with Sandy the Dog and to fly the colours for our club.
Thanks to Oliver, Isaac, Faith and Jessica for being such great ambassadors – and for still getting to presentation night on time.
Thanks also to Ric for helping to set up and pack up.
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A night of Lifesaving Celebrations

May 28, 2018

A night of Lifesaving Celebrations

Last Saturday night saw Club President Fred Stokes welcome around 200 of our finest Coolum Beach Lifesavers and family in the Coolum Primary School hall. In a wonderful night of celebrations and acknowledgments of the achievements from the past season, young and experienced Girls, Boys Men and Ladies shared in the awards with over 100 trophies and awards presented to members who had stood out over the past season.

Top award for the night the David Cush Meritorious Trophy went to a very deserving and very popular choice Mick Sell. Mick (aka Batman), has been involved in just about everything this season from Patrols, Competition, Officiating and did a sterling job as our Gear Steward. The Best Club Patrol Members trophy was renamed to acknowledge Dick Lugge and his heroic final rescue. This year it was awarded to new comer and pocket rocket Janina Cook who sadly wasn’t able to be present but was acknowledged for her strength and dependability on patrol racking up over 120 voluntary patrol hours. The Sting Zillman service to Surf Sports trophy was awarded to Sharleen Swan who has for years tirelessly dedicated huge hours officiating on the beach so that both Nippers and Seniors could compete.

The Youth of our club were acknowledged by Meg for their many hours of club and patrol engagement and for their participation in the YIPs program with Oliver and Isaac jointly winning the best Cadet trophy with Faith and Ben splitting the win for most promising Junior Patrol member.

Many sporting achievements were also acknowledged from our awesome Surf Boat rowers with the Coolum Chums –Phoebe, Sophie, Rachel and Erin with sweep Pat McGuire winning the Michael Rutledge Memorial trophy and the Coolum Jettets Kennedi, Abbie, Alison, Maya and sweep Paul “Blingman” Schloss winning the Surf Boat Captains trophy. Fred announced the IRB Racing Team trophy was won by Mark Quinlivan and spoke about how great the team are doing this and last season.

Ernie Burrows then announced the many medals and achievements of the Surf and Sand crew including a couple of near Golds at the Aussies by our awesome Masters ladies - Kate, Emma, Jodie and Heidi who as a collective in the Masters Sprint relay scored silver with Kate “Ohhhh so close” to National Gold in her Flags final.

Mick Sell was also victorious in the prestigious Acer Cameron event for this season and swept the evening with him taking home the inaugural Surf and Sand Trophy. The Kennedy Cup which was presented after a gruelling series of Sunday morning swims and was won by Griffin.

The Champion Patrol Team for this season at the Club Championships was the Magnificent 7 again for the 5th time. Tug of War was won by Patrol 2 and was presented by Sharleen Swan.

One of the many highlights of the night was when Bruce Dunne was presented his Life Members Jacket by fellow Life Member Mick Daly. Bruce was very humble in his acceptance speech and spoke of his affinity to the movement, his club and his family. Our live bad then helped dance away the rest of the evening. Thanks to all our volunteers and club members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to put this special night on including Pat and the Coolum Primary school for hosting us for the first and certainly not the last time .

Congratulations to everyone for such a fantastic night and an amazing season.


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